Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Have you ever seen the child that is having a meltdown at the grocery store, or maybe seen the child sitting in the principal’s office for yelling back at his or her teacher? You know, the child that people label as the bad kid? Well, maybe that child isn’t a bad kid, maybe that child is suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder. You may ask yourself what is Oppositional Defiant Disorder? And how can we as teachers help children who suffer from this disorder? In this essay, I will explain how we as teachers can use the skills we study from the fields of Education and Psychology to help a child who suffers from this behavioral disorder on their path of learning.
To understand how to teach a student that suffers from Oppositional Defiant
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As a teacher of students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, one must be well prepared with the daily lesson plans (a teacher 's detailed description of the course of instruction). Each of the lesson plans must include the goal of what the students are supposed to learn, how the goal will be reached by using a specialized method or procedure and a way of measuring how well the goal was reached by testing. In addition, I have found that each of the lesson plans should always include the Five E’s. These Five E’s include: “Engaging, Explaining, Exploring, Elaborating, and Evaluating” (Neria 1). These five parts are necessary to hold a student’s, who suffers from any type of disability, attention and help them to understand the day’s lesson. These “Five E’s” can be implemented in other ways through the teaching process. They can be used in cognitive problem-solving training, which is a type of therapy that can be used by teachers and parents alike. The goal of this type of therapy is to help the child recognize and modify their thought patterns that lead to their behavior problems. Cooperative problem-solving where the teacher and the child work together to come up with resolutions that work to solve the issue can help the progress of calming a situation caused by their behavioral …show more content…
They have a saying “it takes a village to raise a child...” and in the case of raising a student with a behavioral disorder it truly does. Therapists can help the teachers create new teaching materials and help the teacher to understand what is valuable in these materials to students on an individual basis. A therapist can also can work with the teacher to evaluate the child to identify the underlying problems that may be contributing to their behavior. The school’s administration must also be willing to work with the teacher in effectively managing the education of the child. Students exhibiting signs of behavioral disorders are commonly subject to a “zero tolerance” policy, where students are automatically suspended or expelled as a result of defiant behaviors in the school or classroom. These policies are destructive to students with these behavioral disorders, the policies remove the inclination to learn from the students and it also removes the child from a learning environment where there are the teachers and counselors, who are best equipped to help them address their learning and behavioral disabilities. “It has also been found, that when a punished behavior recurs, it usually does so at a rate higher than before the

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